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Museums & Galleries

A visit to Athens would not be complete without a call in at its outstanding museums and galleries that showcase the city’s fascinating history and organic alliance with art and archaeology, as well as its diverse contemporary artistic expression.

HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUMS

Acropolis Museum
A vividly designed treasure trove of stunning sculptures, ceramics, and world-famous works of art that were all found on the Acropolis, including five of the original Caryatids from the Erechtheion temple.

The 14,000 square meter glass and concrete landmark designed by architect Bernard Tschumi opened in 2009 and is consistently included on lists of the world’s top 10 museums, known for its historically significant contents as well as its architectural design.

The Parthenon Gallery on the top floor is ingeniously designed to recreate the magnificent temple’s frieze at the same orientation as the Parthenon on the Acropolis, utilizing cast copies of sections that are currently in the British Museum and other collections.

Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athens 117 42

Tel: +30 210 900 09 00

Acropolis Museum

ART MUSEUMS

Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation
The latest blockbuster museum to open in Athens is an extraordinary roll call of modern masters – Picasso, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Pollock, Bacon, and Chagall. The late Basil and Elise Goulandris’ private art collection includes 180 sculptures, paintings, and sketches created by some of the most important artists of the late 19th and early 20th century. There are also two floors devoted to 20th century and contemporary Greek art.

The structure hovers above the façade of a three-story 1920s building in the neighbourhood of Pangrati. The courtyard was designed to complement the steps leading up to the church of Agios Spyridon, which was built in 1903 on designs by the noted German architect Ernst Ziller.

Eratosthenous Street 13, Athens

Tel: +30 210 725 2895

Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation

UNUSUAL MUSEUMS

Benaki Toy Museum

Originally the home of a wealthy family from Hydra, the museum in the seaside suburb of Palio Faliro opened in 2017 with a collection of toys dating from antiquity up to the 20th century. Its holdings, based on the collection of Maria Argyriadi that is considered among the most important in Europe, include more than 20,000 objects that range from hand-made dolls in traditional Greek folk costumes to puppets from Sicily, wind-up toys, model trains, and board games sourced from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.


Posidonos 14 & Tritonos 1, Palio Faliro

+30 212 687 5280

Benaki Toy Museum

Contact Details

Athens Development and

Destination Management Agency

 

Xenofontos 7, 105 57

Athens, Greece

 

+30 210 32 53 123

+30 210 52 01 611

 

info@developathens.gr

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